“Oh come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory; great things He has done”. There was no better musical way to capture the spirit of the coming Christmas than the rendition of this hymn by The SCOAN Choir. All keying into the mood of the season, the congregants came to appreciate more and more the true meaning of the name Emmanuel.
As Evangelist Racine engaged their mind with a message titled A NEW RELATIONSHIP WAS BORN AT CHRISTMAS, it was obvious that the dawn of a glorious era was at hand. The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, no doubt, opens a new epoch in our lives as it draws us to renew our relationship with the Creator through His only begotten Son, just as Evangelist Racine pointed out: “Jesus has come to restore the relationship and fellowship between God and man which sin, the actual enemy has broken”.
NO HIDING PLACE FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS AT THE SCOAN
He had been involved in an accident in 2002 and had almost forgotten that experience when the injury he sustained then reared its ugly head 13 years later. Mr Francis, a South Africa-based Nigerian was diagnosed with stiff neck due to cervical spondylosis. He resorted to using a neck collar. All efforts to get lasting solution to his condition remained unyielding of any positive result. The debilitating nature of his problem made him
somewhat inefficient in many ways. He could not drive, sleep properly or carry objects due to the immense pain that he experienced. When the whole experience became unbearable, doctors had suggested surgery but the young man who had seen the great works of God via the Emmanuel TV medium, made up his mind to visit The SCOAN.
When he arrived at The SCOAN and was placed on the Prayer Line, it took only a command and a simple touch from the man of God for him to receive his immediate healing. Describing the experience with elation, Mr Francis said “Immediately the man of God laid hands on my head and commanded me to stand up, I stood up and felt some heat all over me. After a while, I was covered in heavy sweat. From that moment till now, all those symptoms and pains have ceased. I can now do those things which I could not do before”. Testifying with physical demonstrations to attest to his fitness and healing, Mr Francis thanked God for the miracle and advised people all over the world to make God’s Word the standard for their lives.
MORNING WATER AND EMMANUEL TV EXPOSE THE FOOLISHNESS OF CRIMINALS
Mrs Ogechukwu Tagbo received a call from her husband informing her of a transaction with some persons who claimed to be building a hotel and needed to purchase some electronics. Mr Tagbo told his wife that payment had been made by them and even went ahead to show her a bank credit alert confirming that 6.3 million naira had been paid. But as they prepared to make the supply, Mrs Tagbo ministered the Morning Water on the goods and also prayed with Emmanuel TV. A confirmation visit to the bank would later reveal that the Tagbos had fallen victims of fraudsters. The credit alert was a fake.
Fortunately, the fraudsters were traced to Lagos, even though they had given the impression that they were headed to Lokoja. They were eventually rounded up while all the goods were recovered. Other victims who lost their goods to the fraudsters also recovered them. Thanking God for using the mediums of the Morning Water and Emmanuel TV to save her from the evil plan of fraudsters, Mrs Tagbo also testified to God’s goodness in her life after He delivered her from an armed robber who stole her handbag while she was driving and later returned it intact, begging that fire was all over him. The robber eventually gave his life to Christ through her evangelism and vowed never to return to his evil ways. Mrs Tagbo advised people to have faith in God, stressing that without it, it is impossible to please Him.
ARRESTED, CORRECTED AND UPLIFTED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD
Mr Brian Moshi deviated from the godly examples his parents set for him and decided to embrace the mundane pleasures of life. He repudiated his Christian upbringing and allowed his entire soul to be taken over by the devil. All that began after he enrolled into secondary school. By the time he was promoted to Form Two, the illusory fancies of the world soon built their tents in his heart. He started going to clubs, drinking, smoking, watching pornography and masturbating.
As he suffused himself in those evil practices, his academic and spiritual lives suffered stagnation. He could no longer concentrate on his studies and opened up his soul to spiritual manipulations as his dreams revealed. He would dream of snakes, spiders and other objects of demonic manipulation.
Fed up with his unrepentant attitudes, his parents would weep and mourn their fate for having a wayward child who had become un-teachable. But somehow, God intervened. Mr Moshi visited The SCOAN in 2012 and received prayers from Prophet T.B. Joshua. He also received the Morning Water and Morning Stickers. When he returned to his native Tanzania, he continued to minister the Morning Water in prayer. Within a short while, things changed. His evil appetites ceased. He stopped doing those things which made him spiritually weak and dormant. By this time, he had gotten admission to commence an undergraduate course for which his parents were able to raise the funds. Mr Moshi went on to graduate with a First Class result and also received recognition as the Overall Best Graduating Student for his orderly conduct and extra-curricular commitment.
To cap up the success story, the Moshis were blessed with a brand new family house and a fleet of exotic cars. The shame and pain of living in a wooden house have given way to absolute peace of mind. The family is now involved in charitable works, including succour to widows and other less privileged in society. According to Brian, his parents’ works of charity are inspired by the teachings of Prophet T.B. Joshua. He advised youths to draw nearer to God and stop chasing things that don’t glorify Him.
HARD TIMES TURN TO GOOD TIMES AT THE ARENA OF LIBERTY
Mrs Janet Munguatoshi was struck by poverty and stagnation in business to the extent that she could not feed her family but instead relied on her children for upkeep. In order to put an end to her troubles, she visited The SCOAN and received the Morning Water and Morning Stickers. On her return to Tanzania, she ministered the Morning Water and placed the Morning Sticker on one of her properties occupied by tenants. But to her surprise, all the tenants vacated the house. Still believing in God and praying to Him with strong faith, Mrs Munguatoshi had a dream in which the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua appeared to her and assured her that all was well.
After that encounter with the man of God in her dream, grace located her. A company called and showed interest in her properties and rented four flats immediately. Apart from restoring her business fortunes and increasing her financially, God also blessed her family with good cars. Testifying to God’s goodness, in company of her children, Mrs Munguatoshi urged people to cast all their burdens on God, stressing that no burden can escape the anointing of God for those who trust Him.
Brethren, the birth of Jesus provides us with another opportunity to reunite with our God through repentance. The greatest relationship we can ever have is to relate with our Creator in Spirit and in truth. That relationship is the essence of Christmas.